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Thursday, March 28, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Thursday morning.

Barstow Court to remain open

The state has coughed-up funds to temporarily keep one courtroom open at the Barstow Court facility through early summer.

The entire courthouse was slated to be closed as a part of cost-cutting measures.

Supervior aide to run for State Assembly?

Sources say Chad Mayes, chief of staff to San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, has put out the word he will run for the 42nd State Assembly District next year.

The seat is currently held by republican Brian Nestande.

Mayes reportedly already has the support of County Supervisor James Ramos.

Ashley to seek another term

Riverside County Supervisor has annunced that he will seek another term in office.

Fourth Quarter GDP revised

The final reading of Gross Domestic Product(GDP), for the 4th Quarter of 2012, came in at a tepid gain of 0.4%.

The initial reading was a decline of 0.1%.

First-Time Unemployment claims rise

Thursday morning the U.S. Department of Labor announced that first-time claims for unemployment benefits climbed 16,000, to a seasonally-adjusted 357,000 last week.

To lower the unemployment rate in any meaningful way, claims need to fall below 275,000 on a consistent basis.

Judd won’t seek U.S. Senate seat

For the curious, Actress Ashley Judd, a Democrat, has announced she won’t seek the U.S. Senate seat held by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).

Was this a surprise? Not really!